Hunting For A Pony Ride Pony
When we began giving pony rides and were on the hunt for pony ride prospects, I searched all the usual places. Dreamhorse.com, Equine.com, Equiery… None of which produced any good prospects for me to check out.
Bit The Bullet And Looked On Craigslist
I have had some weird experiences with buying and selling on Craigslist. For this reason, it is the last place I looked.
Sure enough, I found an ad that said something along the lines of “old white pony for sale, done pony rides, $100 “. That is not a typo it was one hundred not one thousand!
Come to find out, the pony was in PA, slightly passed York. That was cool with us, we have driven way longer to see horses, so PA was a cinch!
Circumstances Of The Meeting
I can’t remember why we weren’t able to go until the evening when it was dark. He texted me the directions, saying his driveway is hard to see in the dark. Then he suggested that we meet him at a church parking lot that was up the hill and across from his place.
I’m thinking “well-lighted area sounds good”!
Parking Lot Pony!
When we pulled up to the parking lot, it was not well lighted at all and there the owner was holding the pony and shining a flashlight on her. We have had a lot of weird stories with searching for and buying horses, this was definitely a first!
Tammy, he called her. was an old pony mare of unknown exact age or breed. He had used her in his business as well as his grandparents using her for years before he took over the business. So needless to say, we didn’t know the exact number, but she is old!
She was being sold because they needed something bigger that is more versatile. They wanted at least a medium pony and Tammy is definitely small!
She was cool as a cucumber in the parking lot with us. Surrounded by strangers with a flashlight in her eyes. My sixth sense was telling me yes, so I made an offer!
I felt sort of bad making a lower off since she was already so cheap, but I wouldn’t be a true horse person if I didn’t at least try! $100 and a trailer ride later, we owned Tammy.
Tammy’s And Tiny’s
As I got to know Tammy’s owner, I learned that he wasn’t much into naming animals. Since he had to have a name to tell kids at jobs and parties, he decided a long time ago, all mares would be Tammy and all geldings would be Tiny.
Of all the Tammy’s and Tiny’s, we have bought from him. The only one that stayed Tiny is our rockstar Renn fest pony. It just seemed to fit him for some reason, even though he isn’t tiny at all. For him, the name stuck.
Had To Come Up With A New Name For This Pony
Tammy was not a cute kid party pony name! I had to come up with something different. She was mostly, white and had a fluffy coat. The names Marshmellow and Fluffy were thrown around a bit but still didn’t seem right.
The name we came up with for her( I don’t remember who came up with it)is FlufferNutter. She is white like a marshmallow and has some brown on her like peanut butter. So, we named her after a marshmallow and peanut butter sandwich, FlufferNutter. To her friends, she is known as Fluffer.
A Great Pony Ride Pony
Fluffer is Tiny enough that the little tiny kids felt safe on her. She is bombproof enough that in her day she worked at the Renn Fest. Her leadline manners were excellent, making it easy for whoever was leading her at a job.
Her Only Flaw
Fluffer just has one flaw. That is that the personal bubble she requires around other horses when giving pony rides has to be gigantic. She is cool with people in her personal bubble, other horses and ponies not so much. You would never believe the awful dinosaur-like noises that came out of that sweet looking little white pony.
When turned out with other horses it isn’t as much an issue, if an issue at all. She has actually been known to walk through the electric fence to get to the horses on the other side. Also, so that she can conveniently sneak into the feed shed.
Fluffer is living it up at HT Farm, enjoying retirement. We had to retire her when she started showing weakness in her hind end. At first, she could still carry tiny little ones but got to the point where that was even a problem. Luckily for her, we have a place to keep her to live out her days. Many horse and ponies aren’t as lucky!
First Pony Ride Purchase Ever
Fluffer will always hold a special place in my heart even though I don’t see her often these days. She was the first pony that the farm ever purchased for pony rides and the only one we have ever purchased from a parking lot with only a flashlight to check her out with. As shady as it sounds, the person I got Fluffer from has become a friend, and he is my go-to when in search of new pony ride prospects.
Stay tuned to hear about Tammy 2,3,4 and Tiny 1,2!